Pets & Animals | 22 May 2017How to Keep Your Chicks Safe Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Chicken keeping is becoming more and more popular as sustainability efforts increase. However, keeping chickens comes with some problems you might not expect. One problem is how to protect your chicken, especially the young chicks, from predators. Chicks are vulnerable to many different things because they’re so small, so it is important to keep an eye on them. Below is a solution to disappearing chicks. Get more chicken problem answers in The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver. A scarecrow could help to ward off opportunistic birds of prey. Cause It is always tempting to let young chicks out into the chicken run on warm, sunny days. However, these youngsters (and, indeed, older chickens, too) can be vulnerable to attack from birds of prey. Solution Flying predators can be a good deal more difficult to deter than the four-legged variety, especially if you allow your hens free range over a large area. Those in quiet, rural situations will always face a greater potential threat from birds of prey, but do not discount the risk just because you live in a town or city. Various types of hawk are increasingly sighted in urban locations; the plentiful supply of pigeons has much to do with this. The only sure-fire way to stop attack from the air is to install top cover over your chicken run, but the practicality of this is very much dependent on the run’s size. Roofing large areas is just not viable in most cases, but you can ease your hens’ level of exposure by adding field shelters: either natural (shrubs and bushes) or man-made. Bird scarers, of the shiny, flappy type, can be useful too, as can a good old-fashioned scarecrow. Also, the more time you can spend in the run with your birds, the better. Predators will be wary of any human presence. Unfortunately, if a couple of hawks happen to start nesting nearby and get to know about your chickens, then regular strikes are likely. You could introduce a rooster to your flock, as male birds are great at acting as lookouts. They will issue a warning call to their females if they spot an overhead threat, alerting the flock to take cover. At dusk and after dark, the threat switches to one of owl attack. Once again, much depends on your location and the prevalence and species of owls there. But if you know they are around, be sure to get your hens securely shut in their coop as dusk falls. Buy from an Online Retailer US: While keeping chickens certainly isn’t rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as housing, feeding, breed choice, and healthWhether you’re a newcomer or an old hand, The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip probelms in the bud – and, better still, avoid them in the first place. Let longime chicken keeper and poultry expert Chris Graham guide you thorugh 100 common problems faced by chicken keepers. You’ll discover in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each issue is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are divided into ten chapters covering the main areas of chicken keeping, from health to housing and parasites to predators. Don’t let a simple problem ruin your love for chicken keeping; The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver has the answers you need! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.